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Former U.S. President, presidential candidate Donald Trump on Thursday criticized U.S. aid to Ukraine, urged Republican lawmakers to cut taxes on emoluments and talked about duties during a visit to Capitol Hill, participants in the meeting said, Reuters reported.

In the closed-door meeting, Trump said he would work to expand the party's 218-213 majority in the House of Representatives and help re-elect even the two remaining Republican House members who voted to impeach him after his supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Lawmakers said Trump also urged Republicans in the House not to advance a national abortion ban and urged them to abandon the partisan bickering that reduces their effectiveness.

Lawmakers said Trump criticized a $60 billion aid package for Ukraine that was recently passed with Republican support.

"He said: "If Ukraine wins, what's the benefit?" Republican Rep. Don Bacon told reporters. According to Bacon, Trump also voiced support for duties on Chinese goods.

"He simply said that duties are a powerful tool for the executive branch. And you can use that in your negotiations with China and get concessions," he said. 

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